White House Releases 2017 Fake News Awards

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January 17, 2018

The White House released the 2017 Fake News Awards through the Republican Party's official website on Wednesday night.

President Donald Trump announced the awards on January 2 and initially delayed their release, but they have now come out on schedule. The far-and-away winner of the night was CNN, with four mentions on the list of ten fake news awards.

CNN's appearances included a false report about former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci meeting with a Russian, which led to the resignation of three employees involved.

The most recent mention, however, was over CNN reporting that Donald J. Trump, Jr. had access to hacked documents from WikiLeaks.

The list also had one article from Newsweek, one from the Washington Post, one from ABC News, one from Time, and two from the New York Times.

The number one fake news item was New York Times economist Paul Krugman claiming that the economy will never recover from a Trump presidency.

Traffic from the list initially made it difficult to access, but it can now be found here.

Late-night TV comedians had lobbied Trump to receive fake news awards when they were announced, running advertisements and posting on social media to draw attention to their shows, but none of them received any awards.